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Oliver Staley, “The books every new graduate should read, according to a dozen business leaders,” Quartz (May 18, 2017)

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Creation to Christmas: Big Picture Picture Books /

At CTBP we know you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the little ones in your life. Something simple yet significant. And you want our recommendation. Well…

Why not give them the Creation and Consummation of the cosmos in a picture book? What would better satisfy your niece or nephew than the biblical panorama of salvation history to read in one sitting? An epic present. Really.

The idea of the Bible as one epic story is catching on with authors, illustrators and publishers. Jesus started the idea (Luke 24:27, 44–49). Missionaries have taken to crafting “Creation to Christ” (C2C) stories to cross cultures. I tell it as the Kingdom Story. And now there are picture books to give you more creative ways to convey the good news to your children. Make this year’s gift truly epic by doing it together: reading, believing and living out the story of the Bible.

Below are three winners and two honorable mentions in the category of… uh… big picture picture books.


Honorable Mentions

Two other books are too long for one sitting but present the Bible clearly and creatively as one story.


Kevin DeYoung and Don Clark made a board book to go along with The Biggest Story, The Biggest Story ABC.

Matthias Media Ebooks on Disciple-making: Sale /

Ebooks are a boon to work here and make a good gift to missionaries. Matthias Media is running a rare sale this week on their Kindle ebooks related to the task of making disciples.

I didn’t expect the points of this article to strike me but they did. I appreciated the book recommendations in the end.

“The 6 Risks of Reading Old Books,” Redeemed Redeemer (Feb 29, 2016)

Looks like a great list of book recommendations from pastors for pastors. However, the task of the pastor is not the same as that of the church planter. Pastors need to recognize the apostolic gift of the planter or missionary because church planters need pastors. A good pastor equips church planters and missionaries even when they are not called to pastor churches. So what are some more book recommendations from gifted pastors for the church planting and missionary task?

Matt Smethurst, “TGC Asks: 3 Books Every Church Planter Should Read,” The Gospel Coalition (Mar 8, 2016)

“Writers to Read”: Wilson and Sons /

Douglas Wilson, Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf

Wilson, a pastor and classical Christian educator, names nine authors to read:

  • G.K. Chesterton
  • H.L. Mencken
  • P.G. Wodehouse
  • T.S. Eliot
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • C.S. Lewis
  • R.F. Capon
  • M.S. Robinson
  • N.D. Wilson

I wondered about the last author until I learned it was Wilson’s son. Thoughts of nepotism aside, I realize that Wilson is the quintessential Psalm 127 man. He holds his children like a warrior holds his arrows, and stands unashamed at the city gates. He’s trained his children well and confidently puts his young son in league with great writers.

So I checked out N.D. Wilson. While I wouldn’t say his work is that distinguished, who’s to say he isn’t great? He has initials in his name.

I’ve benefitted from his writing and so have my children. He has a gift and uses it with confidence. I recommend reading him too.

Three titles in this article caught my attention:

Kurt Bullis, “10 Books on Missions Everyone Should Read” (May 8, 2015)